Once a government or tech company develops a definition of terrorism or violent extremism, it can be difficult to know how to apply these definitions to the variety of ways that terrorism and violent extremism manifests internationally and across online spaces.

This section of the site aims to highlight contextual resources on themes related to applying definitions to the online space.  GIFCT funds the Global Network on Extremism and Technology (GNET) to bring forward actionable insights from experts and practitioners around the world to better inform and give context to tech companies, governments, practitioners and other stakeholders in this field. Insights are curated here under context-based themes.


CT Efforts/Positive Interventions

Counterterrorism and counter-extremism campaigns and interventions online have evolved in recent years. These efforts aim to intervene in processes of radicalization, deplatform known extremist networks, redirect users to counterspeech content and positive alternatives, or direct users to resources that can help them disengage from violent extremist networks. International academics have been evolving the intervention space to discuss measurement and evaluation of these campaigns and programs, as well as looking to the future in assessing where interventions can evolve and innovate.

Positive Algorithmic Interventions

Algorithms can be important for counterterrorism efforts. They give insights into users internet usage which can be used to determine decision making processes for things like radicalization. Particularly, given the online-offline interactions of those involved in extremism, it is important to examine who extremists interact with. Research suggests that algorithms that power social media platforms can be beneficial and cooperative.

  • 21st September 2022
    The Role of User Agency in the Algorithmic Amplification of Terrorist and Violent Extremist Content
    Ellie Rogers
  • 17th August 2022
    Recommendation Systems and Extremism: What Do We Know?
    Joe Whittaker
  • 21st September 2020
    Part 2: Algorithmic Agency in Online Extremism: The Bigger Picture
    Dr. Yvonne Jazz Rowa
  • 15th September 2020
    Part 1: Algorithmic Deconstruction in the Context of Online Extremism
    Dr. Yvonne Jazz Rowa

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